PawnStop: Yeah. We’ll Take It.
A wise, old man once wrote “One cannot refuse to eat just because there is a chance of being choked“. Or was that a fortune cookie? Now that I think of it, it was a fortune cookie but a wise and, no doubt, old one indeed. Well GameStop must have received the same fortune cookie because they just announced that they will be taking your old iStuff for Trade-In credit towards your next transaction with them. Below is the Press Release:
U.S. GameStop Stores To Accept Trades of iPod®, iPhone® and iPad® Mobile Digital Devices
Put your iPod, iPhone or iPad trade toward this year’s hottest releases and more at GameStop
GRAPEVINE, Texas–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Got an iPod, iPhone or iPad collecting dust? Don’t trash it or let it sit and lose value – trade it for credit toward video games, gaming systems, downloadable content (DLC) and more at GameStop (NYSE: GME), the world’s largest multichannel retailer of video games. Beginning today, customers can take advantage of competitive trade values and earn credit by trading in their iPod, iPhone or iPad at GameStop stores nationwide.
Many iPod, iPhone and iPad trade values are significantly higher than typical game trade-ins, allowing customers to build trade credit more quickly. “By trading in iOS devices, GameStop customers have yet another source of funds to put toward the purchase of new and pre-owned games, DLC, digital PC games and more,” stated GameStop president Tony Bartel. “This is especially significant with the great title line-up slated for this fall.”
Trades of the iPod, iPhone or iPad must be in working condition and free from cosmetic defects. For complete details, including devices accepted, visit http://www.GameStop.com/iTrades or a local GameStop store.
Okay. If you have an iPad collecting dust someone should just slap you on the eyelid. Do you realize how much you paid for that? Caress that sexy piece of tech and force it into your daily schedule because video game retailers are starting to take notice of it. Pretty soon, it will start coming home late from “work”; smelling like someone else and getting annoyed with you at the slightest glide of your forefinger. Then you’ll start checking its most recent searches and find GameStop popping up left and right. Do you confront your iPad or accept that it may have a better life in the arms of a retail giant?
Listen. Every company has to fight for its share of profit in this cross-eyed economy and sometimes that means trying new things. McDonald’s brought in couches and Free WiFi, Starbucks started selling ice cream and smoothies, and Abercrombie started hiring people who actually talk to their customers. At this point, I am starting to believe these Mayans were spot on with their lack of love for 2013 and beyond. This curious move from GameStop could open up room for profit at both ends of the transaction. It could also open itself up to more popularity amongst a particular crowd: The B & E Crowd. GameStops have been requiring drivers licenses with Trade-Ins for some time now, which is not much different from your local Cash Pawn store down the road, so the security risk is still tempered by the outstanding work ethic of today’s teenagers. Feel better?
No one would blame you for looking to Amazon, ebay, or even Craiglist to off your once lovely tech-romance. They may even give you enough money to buy yourself something nice; just take your mind off things for a while. It wasn’t your fault. If you decide that your ex-lover would be happier in the embrace of GameStop, well then…they’ve already made a room just for it. You did everything you could, but sometimes we have to let go of the things we love to see if they will come back in the form of a video game. The choice is yours. What will you do?